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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 9/29/20

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AGENDA

September 29, 2020

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA  ZOOM WEBINAR

Based on the recent attention with COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, and the potential impact on our community, the Verona Public Schools will be conducting the Verona Board of Education meeting remotely via Zoom webinar. This meeting is scheduled to occur with public access and participation availability to ensure the continued regular operation of government and the health, safety, and well-being of our community members. The next meeting of the Verona Board of Education will be held in the VHS Learning Commons in person for the members of the Board of Education. In addition, up to 10 members of the public may attend in person on a first come, first serve basis based on social distancing guidelines and room capacity. Masks must be worn at all times.

The meeting will also be available via zoom webinar.  The public shall utilize the following instructions to call into the meeting: 

  • Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/94565716964
  • Or Telephone:
    Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 301 715 8592
    Webinar ID: 945 6571 6964
  • Anyone from the public wishing to address the Verona Board of Education on any matter, when prompted by the Verona Board of Education will be able to raise their hand using the Raise Hand button on their device or dial *9 if you called in (please click here to determine how to raise your hand using your device). When you are advised it is your turn to address the Verona Board of Education, please state your name and address for the record. You will have time to address the Verona Board of Education. At the conclusion of your comments the Verona Board of Education and/or the Superintendent of Schools may address your comments and/or questions.
  • Please make sure you have the current version of Zoom updated on your device in order to have the capability to use the Raise Hand function to make public comments or ask questions.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs recently stated that “the Division of Local Government Services reminds local units that, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-6, et seq., (the “Open Public Meetings Act,” or “Act”), public meetings may be held in person or by means of communication equipment, N.J.S.A. 10:4-8(b), to include streaming services and other online meeting platforms. All meetings, including those held using communications equipment, must be noticed in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Act, unless the meeting is for emergent circumstances and held in a manner consistent with the requirements set forth at N.J.S.A. 10:4-9(b).  Local units should also provide guidance to the public for remotely accessing and providing comment at a meeting.  Local units should still have an advertised meeting place, which is connected to the meeting through communications equipment, unless  otherwise directed by state or local emergency management or health officials, consistent with Executive Order 103 (Murphy 3/9/2020).”

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AGENDA

September 29, 2020

 

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA ZOOM WEBINAR

 

  1. Call to order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3.   Reading of Meeting Notice 
  4.   Roll Call Attendance
  5.   Public comments on Agenda Items
  6.   Presentations - None
  7.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  8.   Committee Reports 

Finance

  1.   Discussion Items
  2. Roll Call Vote on Resolutions
  3. Public Comments

 

NOTE: The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 beginning with a Confidential Session at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm Public Session via ZOOM webinar pending the evolving nature of COVID-19.






 

  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Reading of Meeting Notice 

 

        This meeting is being conducted in compliance with the open meeting session that the Verona Board of Education passed a resolution at its annual reorganization meeting held on January 7, 2020. The meeting set forth the schedule of its regular meetings which resolution was within 7 days of passage.  The schedule was sent to the Verona Cedar Grove Times, the Star Ledger, the Herald News, Township of Verona and the VEA. Postings of this meeting setting forth the time location and agenda were posted in each of Verona’s six schools, Board Office and Town Hall. This posting was also sent to the above newspapers, all SCA presidents and SCA liaisons, the VBOE operates under a consent agenda format, any board member has the right to have an item pulled to be voted upon or discussed separately.  Copies of tonight’s agenda and resolutions have been made available to the public and press.

 

 

  • Roll Call Attendance

 

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

                        Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

 

  • Public comments on Agenda Items
  • Presentations - None
  • Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  • Committee Reports
  • Discussion Items
  • Public Discussion
  • Roll Call Vote on Resolutions
  • Public Comments

 









       Motion by:     ____________________ 

 

       Seconded by: ____________________

 

Be it RESOLVED the approval of Resolutions #1 - .

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

            Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

The following resolutions have been recommended by the Superintendent to the Board of Education. 

 

#1 RESOLVED that the Board approves the minutes of the following meetings:

 

      Confidential & Regular Public Meeting     September 8, 2020

 

PERSONNEL

 

          #2 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following for the 2020-2021 school year

  pending pre-employment paperwork:

 

2.1   New Hire

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Committee

Term of Employment on or about

Judith Dias

Laning

LOA Kindergarten

$250/per diem

Education

Sept. 14 - Dec. 4, 2020

Elizabeth Kane

HBW

Sub teacher

$90/per diem

Education

Sept. 18 & 21, 2020

Karen Convery

FOR/BRK

MLOA Speech/ Language Specialist

$260/per diem

Education

Oct. 1, 2020 - Jun. 25, 2021

Crystal Williams

FNB

Permanent Sub

$120/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Anthony Petrigliano

District

Sub teacher

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Robert Brawley

FNB

Permanent Sub

$120/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

 

2.2    Staff Changes

 

Name

Current Location/Position

Current Hours/Salary

New Hours/Salary

Effective Date

Felisha Camacho

LAN/Paraprofessional

4.75 hrs./$15.40/per hr.

5.9 hrs./$15.40/per hr.

Sept. 21, 2020

 

  2.3  Extra Pay

 

Name

Dates

Pay rate

Total

Reason

Gina Venezia

Aug. 27 & 28, 2020

$578.13/per diem

$1,156.26

Distribution of books and computer

Glen Stevenson

Aug. 27 & 28, 2020

$630.89/per diem

$1,261.78

Distribution of books and computer

Steven Schels

Aug. 27 & 28, 2020

$524.90/per diem

$1,049.80

Distribution of books and computer

Jennifer Gadaleta

Jul. 15 & 16, 2020

$520.35/per diem

$1,040.70

Summer Scheduling

2.4   Leave of Absence

 

Name

Reason

Begin Date on or before

Estimated Return Date on or about

Notes

#100369

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act (partial payment)

Oct. 1, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

 

#105100

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act

Sept. 14, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

RESCIND

#105100

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act (every other week) 1 week full/1 week partial for 12 weeks

Sept. 10, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

APPROVE

#102537

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act (partial payment)

Sept. 29, 2020

Dec. 18, 2020

 

#100704

Medical Leave of Absence (full payment)

Sept. 14, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

 

#100238

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act (partial payment)

Sept. 14, 2020

Sept. 21, 2020

 

#102424

Medical Leave of Absence (full payment)

Sept. 10, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

 

#105251

Maternity Leave of Absence

Jan. 4, 2021

May 17, 2021

 

#102100

Leave of Absence

Oct. 1, 2020

Jun. 30, 2021

RESCIND

#102100

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act (partial payment)

Oct. 1, 2020

Dec. 23, 2020

APPROVE

#102100

Unpaid Leave of Absence

Dec. 24, 2020

Jun. 25, 2021

 

2.5   Resignations

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or About

Renata Miranda

Laning

Paraprofessional

resignation

Sept. 4, 2020

Daniel Jimenez

Brookdale

Part Time Custodian

resignation

Sept, 28, 2020

2.6   Marriage

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Dates

Notes

#105048

FNB

Spec. Ed. Teacher

Marriage

Oct. 7, 8, 9, 2020

3 days with pay with the cost of a substitute to be deducted

 

  2.7   Sixth Period Classes

 

Name

Location

Course

Amount

Term of Employment on or about

Julianne Curro

HBW

Math

$3,156

Sept. 29 - Dec. 18, 2020

Christine Donohue

HBW

Math

$5,787.24

Sept. 29 - Dec. 18, 2020

Elizabeth Kane

HBW

Math

$330 per diem

Sept. 29 - Dec. 18, 2020

 

           EDUCATION

     

#3 RESOLVED that the Board approve the 2nd reading of the following:

 

Policy Guide 1648.03 – Restart and Recovery Plan – Full-Time Remote

Instruction (New)

 

#4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached draft of 2021-22 VPS Calendar.

 

#5 RESOLVED that the Board approve Steve Schels as the supervisor for Julia Albretsen’s

  field work in district level leadership.

 

#6 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following for the 2020-2021 school year:

 

6.1 Non-Resident Tuition Student

 

Student ID No.

School

Grade

#282327

HBW

5



SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

#7 RESOLVED that the Board approve to contract with Montclair State University, Center

  for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, to provide services for the

  2020 – 2021 school year in accordance with the student’s IEP in an amount

  not to exceed $8,000.    

 

#8 RESOLVED that the Board approve to enter into a contract for the 2020-2021 school

  year for student transportation with the parents of Student #192179, who is

  an out-of-district placement.

 

#9 RESOLVED that the Board approve to enter into a contract for the 2020-2021 school

  year for student transportation with the parents of Student #230003, who is

  an out-of-district placement.

 

  

ATHLETICS/CO-CURRICULAR

 

#10 RESOLVED that the The Verona Board of Education has reviewed and certified

  Verona School Districts Submission to the New Jersey Department

  of Education Student Safety Data System (SSDS) for Report Period

  2 (1/1/20-6/30/20).

 

#11 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

11.1 Coaches

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Step

Term of Employment

Gina Condorelli

VHS

Leave replacement strength conditioning coach

$3,375

Athletics

Sept. 29 - Nov. 26, 2020

James Crawford

VHS

Assistant Football Coach

$4,192

3

RESCIND

       



           FINANCE

 

#12 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the enclosed checklist(s) in the following

                                 amounts:

 

Amount                 Description        Check Register Date

                      $1,794,196.53         Vendor Checks                September 25, 2020

                     $3,404,151.57            Referendum Checks         September 25, 2020

 

            #13 RESOLVED  that the Report of the Secretary for the period(s) as follows be

  approved:

                                                               July , 2020

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that pursuant to N.J.A.C.

  6A:20-2.13(e), that as of July 31, 2020 after review of the Board

  Secretary’s monthly financial report (appropriations section)  and

  upon consultation with the appropriate district officials, to the best of

  our knowledge, no major account or fund, has been over-expended

  in violation of N.J.A.C 6:20-2.13(b) and that sufficient funds are

  available to meet the district’s financial obligations for the remainder

  of the fiscal year.

 

          #14     RESOLVED  that the Board approve the attached list of individual transfers of

                                          line items in the 2019-2020 budget for:

 

                                     July, 2020

 

           #15   RESOLVED  that the Board approve the Report of the Treasurer of  School                                   Monies for the following month:

 

July, 2020

 

           REFERENDUM

 

           #16 RESOLVED that the Board approve Change Order #001 with BOZ Electrical

  Contractors in the following manner:

 

Original contract amount $2,023,000.00

Change Order #001 (reduction) ($    74,866.23)

New contract amount $1,948,133.77

 

           #17 RESOLVED that the Board approve Change Order #001 with Environmental Climate

  Control, Inc. in the following manner:

 

Original contract amount $1,393,500.00

Change Order #001 $       8,783.00

New contract amount $1,402,283.00

         #18 RESOLVED that the Board approve Change Order #002 with D&L Paving Contractors,

  Inc. in the following manner:

 

Original contract amount $404,410.00

Previously approved change orders $    1,347.16

Change order #002 $    4,500.00

New contract amount $410,257.16

     

         #19 RESOLVED that the Board approve Change Order #003 with D&L Paving Contractors,

  Inc. in the following manner:

 

Original contract amount $404,410.00

Previously approved change orders $    5,847.16

Change Order #003 $       810.00

New contract amount $411,067.16

 

          #20 RESOLVED that the Board approve to award a contract with Opoe Systems Integrators,

  Inc. for the H. B. Whitehorne Middle School - replacement of fire

  alarm system - second shift differential Q20-0017-A in the amount of

  $8,850.40.

 

          #21 RESOLVED that the Board approve a contract with Kin Contractors, LLC to install 70

  linear feet 4 ft. high chain link fence at the F. N. Brown School in the

  amount of $1,521.30.

 

          #22 RESOLVED that the Board approve to contract with GL Group to paint 3 doorways and

  apply two topcoats of finish at the H.B. Whitehorne Middle School in the

  amount of $1,900.00.




  1. Public Comments




RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN

 

#23 RESOLVED  that the Board meet in private session, from which the public shall 

be excluded, to discuss the topics of negotiations and personnel or 

potential litigation which private discussion is being held pursuant to 

Section 7b and 8 of the Open Public Meeting Act.  The matters

            under discussion will be disclosed to the public as soon as final 

decisions are made and voted upon. 






Motion to adjourn the meeting:

 

       Motion by: ____________________ 

 

       Second by: ____________________

 

       All in Favor: ____________________

 

       All Opposed: ____________________

 

This meeting is adjourned at (TIME) _________________ P.M.

 

NOTE: The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 beginning with a Confidential Session at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm Public Session via ZOOM webinar pending the evolving nature of COVID-19.